News Release - 2010 Substance Abuse Awareness Week Conference
October 15, 2010
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is collaborating with partner organizations and community groups to promote and sustain healthier communities and ongoing recovery from substance use disorders by sponsoring “Substance Abuse Awareness Week” from October 18 through 23, 2010.
The annual observance, now in its 29th year, brings together individuals, community groups, private and public service providers, schools, advocacy groups and professional organizations around the theme Join the Voices for Recovery: “Now, More Than Ever.”
Free activities for the general public during the week include poster contests and “Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout,” a program designed to raise awareness on how to appropriately monitor and, secure medications in the home and how to properly dispose of unused and/or expired medication.
The week’s activities will culminate on Friday, October 22, with a full day conference at the Fairfax County Government Center. The Honorable Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will open the Conference by presenting a Substance Abuse Awareness Week proclamation. The morning events continue with keynote presentations and 16 workshops including “Parenting in Times of Stress” and “Recovery from Trauma and Addiction.”
Keynote speaker Tonier Cain, Consumer Advocate and Team Leader for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care will share her personal journey through trauma and into recovery. Jack Claypoole, Administrator of the Drug Free Communities program of the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, will discuss ways communities can come together to combat substance abuse.
Reflecting on 29 years of sharing the event with the residents and service providers in the Fairfax-Falls Church and D.C. metropolitan area, William H. Williams, Director, CSB Alcohol and Drug Services, said, “This annual week continues to be a wonderful way to raise awareness and focus the Fairfax-Falls Church community on our nation’s most serious public health concern. There is so much stigma attached to substance abuse and the statistics are staggering. With 1,500 people dying across the country every day from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and thousands more admitted into hospitals, psychiatric facilities, jails and prisons or divorce court – it would be easy to lose sight of our belief in and hope for a healthy community. Substance Abuse Awareness Week allows us to reaffirm our focus on capacity building and positive change.”
For additional information on the week’s activities or the conference, please call the CSB Prevention Services office, 703-934-5477, TTY 711 or visit our Wellness & Health Promotion page. To request this information in an alternate format, call the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, 703-324-7027, TTY 711.